Blunt Traumas: Negotiating Suffering and Death

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Blunt Traumas: Negotiating Suffering and Death


Edited by Nate Hinerman and Holly Lynn Baumgartner

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

Blunt Traumas thoughtfully engages responses to suffering and death with compassion and brutal honesty applying a variety of methodologies, including case studies, fieldwork, systematic philosophy, and historical and textual analysis.

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From the ridicule of Emo culture on YouTube to the minute joys of the Happy Hour Trolley in an Australian palliative care setting, responses to suffering and death range from avoidance to eradication. Blunt Traumas thoughtfully engages these topics with compassion and brutal honesty. Contributors across the spectrum of professions using a variety of methodologies, including case studies, fieldwork, systematic philosophy, and historical and textual analysis all respond to the orienting question: ‘How does culture impact, co-create, and/or produce suffering?’ Their inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives are divided into two sections. The first, ‘Public Perceptions of Death, Dying, and Suffering’ closely examines human interactions with and performance of technologies of suffering from wireless to religious, dead baby bloggers to wounded warriors. The second half of the book focuses on the ‘The Sufferer’s Right to Choose’, whether that concerns end-of-life decisions, medical technologies, or narratives of self. Together, these chapters provide greater intelligibility on and provocative discussions about the oft ignored or ‘buried’ discourses of suffering and dying.

Nate Hinerman

PART 1 Public Perceptions of Death, Dying and Suffering

Another Narrative of Death: The Outrage and Kurosawa’s Rashomon
Shunichi Ueno

Death in Public: Text Analysis of a Newspaper Debate
Lisbeth Thoresen

Ghostbook: On the Internet, No One Really Dies
Trace Norris

Ridiculing Suffering on YouTube: Digital Parodies of Emo Style
Anna Johansson and Hans T. Sternudd

Case Studies of Prior Self-Knowledge and Synchronistic Signs of Approaching Death
Huai Bao

Schopenhauer and Modernity: Disclosing Modern Malaise
Jordi Cabos

Dead Baby Bloggers: Making Sense of Death through Online Grieving
Jennifer Cypher

What Good Is Religious Belief for Fear of Death and Grief?
David B. Feldman, Ian C. Fischer and Robert A. Gressis

The Unhealed Wounds of War: Social Sources of Suffering and War-Related Traumatic Experiences
Elizabeth Gill

PART 2 The Sufferer’s Right to Choose

Clare, Agnes and Agency in Suffering
Holly Lynn Baumgartner

Autonomy, a Contested Concept: A Systematic Review if the Meaning of ‘Autonomy’ in Qualitative Research on End-of-Life Decisions
Manya Hendriks and Robert Pool

On Becoming Osteoporotic: The Fragility of Identity Fractured Bones and Shattered Identities
Richard B. Hovey

Another Way to Argue for the Killing/Letting Die Distinction
Francesca Marin

Rational Religious Suicide
Lloyd Steffen

When the Happy Hour Trolley Enters: Cloaking Death through Performance in Palliative Care
Holi Birman

Between Denial and Acceptance: Paul Tillich’s Reflection on Suffering and Finitude
Andrzej Dańczak

In the Shadow of the Trenches or History Unmade: Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily (2008)
Luísa Maria Flora

Young People: Voice, Loss Narratives, and the Development of Emotional Literacies
Sukhbinder Hamilton

Nate Hinerman is Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Golden Gate University, and is on the faculty at the University of San Francisco. He also Chairs the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Coalition, now in its 16th year. As an MFT, he also maintains a psychotherapy practice, helping clients transition amidst loss. Contact

Holly Lynn Baumgartner is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Endowed Chair of Franciscan Integration at Lourdes University in the United States. Her research and publication interests include the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Native American writing, and gender and agency. Contact: